Manila

Manila - Pearl of the Orient

There is no other major Asian city that compares to the relaxed atmosphere you will find here, where live music is to be enjoyed, where having fun is a way of life. Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Manila missed the train as far as Dragon cities are concerned, preferring to keep it’s soul, rather than being over developed and heartless. Yes, shocking 3rd world poverty is obvious as you move around the metropolis, but the people are never slow to smile. Metro Manila grew around the original native settlement of Maynila after the Spanish arrived and built Intramuros (walled town). The Metro area consists of - Manila, Quezon City, Pateros, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Madaluyong, Marikina, Muntilupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay,Pasig, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzueala. Quezon City, is named after the former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon who founded the city in 1948 to replace Manila as the country’s capital. As such it is home to several government offices, and Universities. Centers of business and finance are Makati, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Manila City, and Ortigas Center. The oldest Chinatown in the world is located north of Intramuros, just over the Pasig River.

In Ming Dynasty, the flourishing Kingdom of Maynila traded with China.  Tondo, on the banks of  the Pasig River, was the capital.

 

Manila was founded on 24th June 1571 by the conquistadors Martin de Goiti, Juan de Lacedo, and  Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.  In 1867 the Spanish Government of the Philippines created the Province of Manila, with Intramuros as the Capital.

 

During the 7 Year’s War, the British occupied Manila from 1762-64, when it was handed back to Spain, and in 1898 Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States after the Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War.

 

Manila developed south during the American era, along Taft Avenue, where you can see the occasional surviving colonial architecture.  This also developed slowly westward on re-claimed land, up to - and beyond Roxas Boulevard.

 

In 1948 Quezon City replaced Manila as the country’s.  It is home to several government offices, and Universities.

 

The National Capital Region (NCR), formed in 1975 under the Metro Mania Development Authority, is composed of the 16 cities -  Manila, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marakina, Muntilupa, Novatas, Pasay, Pasig, Paranaque, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, plus the Municipality of Pateros

 

Centers of business and finance are Makati, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Manila City, and Ortigas Center.  The oldest Chinatown in the world is located north of Intramuros, just over the Pasig River.

 

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